Algal Viruses: The (Atomic) Shape of Things to Come

Evans, C; Payton, O; Picco, L; Allen, MJ. 2018 Algal Viruses: The (Atomic) Shape of Things to Come. Viruses, 10 (9). 490. https://doi.org/10.3390/v10090490

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Abstract/Summary

Visualization of algal viruses has been paramount to their study and understanding. The direct observation of the morphological dynamics of infection is a highly desired capability and the focus of instrument development across a variety of microscopy technologies. However, the high temporal (ms) and spatial resolution (nm) required, combined with the need to operate in physiologically relevant conditions presents a significant challenge. Here we present a short history of virus structure study and its relation to algal viruses and highlight current work, concentrating on electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy, towards the direct observation of individual algae–virus interactions. Finally, we make predictions towards future algal virus study direction with particular focus on the exciting opportunities offered by modern high-speed atomic force microscopy methods and instrumentation.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Other (PML)
Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Science Areas > Marine Biochemistry and Observations
Depositing User: Kim Hockley
Date made live: 08 Oct 2018 11:06
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2018 11:06
URI: http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/8010

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